Friday, April 20, 2012
Will Quonset become home to a "super" casino?
If Rhode Island gets a super casino, chances are it won't be in Quonset. In an interview this week with WPRO, Quonset Development Corporation's spokesperson David Preston said the likelihood of "super" casino in the business park is highly unlikely. "The consensus seemed to be there is so many things going on and there would be so much disruption to so many successful businesses there that Quonset probably isn't the place to do that," said Preston. Officials began to eye Quonset as a potential host to a casino after Massachusetts approved three casinos late last year. State Rep. Joseph Trillo (R-Warwick) proposed that Quonset Point was the perfect spot for a "world-class casino" that could compete with the upcoming Massachusetts casinos in…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and other state senate leaders would oppose a casino at Quonset Point.
- On WPRI
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Is there room in Quonset for a world-class casino?
Quonset Point may be the ideal spot for a world-class casino in the eyes of Rep. Joseph Trillo (R-Warwick), but the numbers may speak differently. A former Naval base, Quonset Business Park boasts 3,207 acres of land. However, only 468 acres are available for development and 166 of that is either preserved, under option or under negotiation. (Click here to view a map of availability in Quonset Business Park as of June 2011.) “Quonset is a busy place that is getting crowded, and so that will create some challenges,” said Quonset Development Corporation spokesperson David Preston. No detailed plans or legislation have been presented on a proposal for a casino in Quonset Point. Preston estimates developers would need about 175 acres of land…
Rep. Joseph Trillo (R-Warwick) and Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence) are proposing a casino for Quonset Point.
According to state Rep. Joseph Trillo (R-Warwick), Quonset is the perfect spot for a “world class casino.” He hopes that together with Rep. John Carnevale (D-Johnston, Providence), he will be able to garner enough support to present a bill allowing a casino at Quonset. Trillo said that Sen. Frank Ciccone (D-Providence, North Providence) is interested in sponsoring the bill in the Senate. “When Massachusetts builds its three casinos - which they will do - we’re going to lose money,” Trillo said in an interview Wednesday night. “It’s not a question of whether you want gambling or don’t want gambling — gambling is here.” According to Trillo, Quonset’s deep-water port can accommodate up to four cruise ships at a time. That, together the …